Document 50 is the report of the Secretariat on the implementation of Res. Conf. 13.4 Conservation of and Trade in Great Apes. It includes information on progress on technical missions to specific Parties to examine the illicit trade in orangutans, as well as an update on activities undertaken by the CITES Great Ape Enforcement Taskforce. No specific recommendations are made for the consideration of, or adoption by, the Parties at CoP14, although the Secretariat does state an oral report will be given at the meeting to update on any further developments.
WWF welcomes the steps taken in addressing the illicit trade in great apes, and looks forward to the Secretariat’s update at CoP14 on any further developments. WWF recommends the following in order to ensure further progress is made in addressing this trade:
- The CoP is urged to request Indonesia report to meetings of the Standing Committee between CoP14 and CoP15 on continuing progress in implementing the recommendations of the Secretariat’s technical mission
- The recommendations of the GRASP/CITES mission to Indonesia concerning the mitigation of human orang-utan conflict should be revised
- Greater efforts must be made by Parties to enforce and uphold the legal protection afforded to great apes, e.g. through the prosecution of those involved in the illicit trade, and through awareness raising of the judiciary
- Law enforcement training is required at all levels of enforcement personnel, but this must be accompanied by sufficient resources and political will
- The CoP should consider whether additional measures, such as non-compliance measures, are necessary for Parties that are not cooperating with the Secretariat’s efforts to conduct technical missions
- In light of the ongoing and urgent threat posed by bushmeat to the survival of African great apes, WWF urges CITES Parties who are able, to provide funds for the proposed workshop to be convened by the FAO (regarding Agenda Item 65 Bushmeat).
|For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 30 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)|